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Council-run libraries (Birtley, Blaydon, Central, Chopwell, Crawcrook, Leam Lane, Pelaw and Wrekenton) will close on Saturday 24 August and Monday 26 August for the August Bank Holiday and open as usual otherwise. For information on volunteer-run library closing, please contact your library directly.



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School visit exploring a chosen topic. Image (c) David Charlton
We work with local schools to help pupils to explore their heritage. We offer:

Local History Visits for Schools 

We offer school visits using our collections to explore a chosen topic. Visits are led by an experienced heritage librarian.

School visits about the Great Fire of Gateshead are available at St Mary's Heritage Centre. The sessions include a tour of Gateshead Quays (weather permitting) and incorporate material from Gateshead Local Studies collection.

Costs for our education sessions (duration up to two hours) start at £78. 

Contact us at to book a session or to find out more.  

Local History Teaching Resources 

We also have a range of downloadable teaching resources that explore the local area:

Coatworth Road Resource Pack 

Coatsworth Road is a fascinating and historic high street in Bensham. In 2013, a Heritage Lottery Grant was awarded to Gateshead Council to support the development and conservation of this important road.  As part of this initiative, learning resources were developed by 22 Sheds CIC to support schools to engage in the history of their local area.

Icon for pdf Download Our Coatsworth Road resource pack [7.9MB]

Search for images of Coatsworth Road at

Women in Politics 

With funding from Historic England, St Mary's Heritage Centre on Gateshead Quays has researched 10 amazing women of regional significance who over the past 100 years have 'made a difference' in politics.

Icon for pdf Download our poster [878.17KB]

Icon for pdf Download a PDF booklet that includes ideas for learning activities and where to research further details [1.28MB]

First World War 

Icon for pdf Download our free schools learning pack [7.75MB] for key stage 2/3 based on the experiences of real-life soldier from Gateshead, George Wood.

You can also search the Gateshead Roll of Honour online, a list of most of the men from central Gateshead who were killed in the First World War. 

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Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN
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